Meet WHYY, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.
For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/
The Funded Project:
This grant will support solutions journalism reporting and a community engagement series by the Keystone Crossroads team to produce and distribute in-depth pre-2020 election reporting in four Pennsylvania communities where residents feel underserved by local media.
In Their Own Words:
Keystone Crossroads will use its statewide reach to produce and distribute in-depth, on-the-ground, pre-2020 election reporting in four Pennsylvania communities where residents feel underserved by local media.
Reporters will work to build trust in these communities, involve and engage them in the reporting from the inside out, and find the best way to share the reporting with different audiences:
- Chambersburg, located in largely white, Republican Franklin County, has become increasingly diverse racially and politically. Aside from a nearby college town, it’s the only place in the county with a precinct won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
- Bridesburg/Philadelphia has continued to be white, working class as surrounding neighborhoods have changed dramatically due to immigration and gentrification. Although surrounded on all sides by districts easily won by Clinton in 2016, Bridesburg, which sits in the shadow of a chemical plant, voted handily for Trump.
- Reading, one of the poorest cities in America, recently watched its newspaper go bankrupt. It’s a largely Hispanic, Democratic city in a largely white, Republican County.
- Tamaqua, a Republican town in a Republican county, is divided by a school board policy to anonymously arm classroom teachers with guns. Their local press is understaffed, with a small range of influence.